Saturday, August 15, 2015

DIY Cloth Wipes. Baby Wipes.

I'm gonna call them Baby wipes but these can be anything wipes. From butts to benches and hopefully not both at the same time. Just a disclaimer, I'm not making these to perfection! You can, I'm not. 

I plan on doing some (part time) cloth nappies with our upcoming baby, I did a few with Phoenix and a couple with Milla. With each baby I get more confident and also the nappies available increases. My kids have sensitive skin so chemicals in nappies/diapers are a bit of a concern to me. Phoenix gets chemical burns/rashes easily from night time pull ups, and the natural disposables (oxymoron) work better for him, they just don't make them in his size yet. 

So back to making wipes. I am making wipes because like avoiding the chemicals in the nappies, I also want to minimise the chemicals from wipes. 

Since I'll be washing cloth nappies anyway, I'll just throw these wipes in at the same time. 

For the wipes I'm using old 100% cotton flannel baby blankets. I've had these for years and have never had any use for them. Until now! 

Measure and cut to the size you want. 
I did 15cm x15cm for most of the blanket and then 12x12cm for the last part that didn't measure to 15cm. 

You could be fancy here and curve the edges instead of pointy corners. 

You could be done here if you want. Or sew an edge around the wipe so it doesn't fray *not pictured* 

To use the wipe: Pick it up. Then wipe object/baby. :-) 

Feel free to dampen the wipe with water or make up an awesome baby wipe solution like many people have blogged about. 

Doing a DIY doesn't have to be complicated, use what you have around the house xx 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Telling The Kids We Are Pregnant, 11 Weeks.

We told our kids we are pregnant. We pulled out an ultrasound photo of baby as a 10 week blob, (they have seen enough ultrasound photos to know this means there's a baby) 

"Mummy's having another baby!!!!!!! Woohoooo!!!!"

And you know what? They are super excited! Isn't that just beautiful!? They have been through such a huge journey with us, they watched their mummy be pregnant and they bonded with their sister, walked the journey of meeting their stillborn sister, Emme, having their own hopes and expectations dashed, processing what death means.... And yet! Such excitement. It's really beautiful. That pure heart. 

There was the expected questions of: 

"Will this baby come home with us?"

"Will this baby be dead?" 
(Phoenix is 4 so he processes everything very matter of factly. I don't find this question offensive at all, he needs to ask) 

We answered as best as we could. I cannot guarantee that yes this baby will come home with us, but we have hope. 
So I said... "Gosh we hope so!!" 

We all decided that once we find out what baby's gender is, we would all go shopping and buy him/her special outfits picked out by the kids. It was important that they see that we are planning towards this baby joining us and being their little sibling. 

I'm so proud of our kids, I'm proud of their resilience and willingness to keep going, to keep believing for the best dispite what life has thrown lately. 

Mud day at preschool. 

Saturday concerts are a regular event around here. 

How far along? 11 weeks, whoops no photo again. 
How big is the peanut? 4.1cm, a fig
Total weight gain/loss? Dunno. I eat. 
Maternity clothes? Not yet, but that hair tie around the button really helps take the pressure off!! 
Sleep? One wee, one snoring hubby, but other than that really comfy. 
Best moment this week? Not a best moment, but a funny one- I fainted in Coles!! At the checkouts. I felt funny as I was shopping, I know that feeling well, I thought I'll just finish shopping and then can sit on the couch just outside of Coles and eat all the snacks that had crept accidentally into my Trolly. 
Put all the items on the belt, and then had to sit down in the bagging area cause I got all hot and sweaty and heart pounding and then black. 
I opened my eyes and I was laying on the floor at the checkouts in my hot pink cannot-miss-me jumper. What a weirdo. Having a nap in the middle of Coles. Hehe. Quick Ambulace ride to the nearest hospital for a checkup, all good, just need to stop sooner next time. What a fun adventure. 

Phoenix was my hero, he looked after me. And the next time we went to Coles I got a stern talking to from him "Mummy, don't faint." Yes sir! 

Symptoms? Light headnes, dizzy, nausea, heartburn, minimal loo trips. 
Food cravings? Sugar and hummus and carrots 
Food aversions? Nope
Gender? Don't know, Milla thinks girl, Phoenix thinks boy. 
Labor signs? No
Belly button in or out? In
What I miss? Nothing
What I'm looking forward to? Baby cuddles, nappies, feeding
Milestones? 11 weeks done and dusted. 
Bump? Real good bloat, which I'm blaming on the ever increasing uterus- not the ever increasing hunger :-) ok it's both. 

10 weeks pregnant.

This is our 10 week ultrasound. Head (left) to butt... Those three little darker white lines at the top of the head blob is baby's fingers. 

How far along? 10 weeks, whoops forgot a photo!! 
How big is the peanut? 3.1cm. Or the size of a date.  
Total weight gain/loss? Dunno
Maternity clothes? Anything comfy is better, but all normal clothes
Sleep? Waking to wee
Best moment this week? Seeing blobby again, I am very spoilt with extra scans
Symptoms? Nausea, heartburn are the worst. 
Food cravings? Give me all food
Food aversions? Dirty dishes, bad smells. 
Gender? Not yet
Labor signs? Nope
Belly button in or out? In
What I miss? My Emme. 
What I'm looking forward to? Not being pregnant. Feels like I've been pregnant for 10 years. 
Milestones? Made it to 10 weeks, scan looks good and seeing that heartbeat is reassuring. 
Bump? Bloated. 

9 Weeks Pregnant

Kitchen selfie! Haha!

How far along? 9 weeks!
How big is the peanut? A grape
Total weight gain/loss? Dunno, probably. 
Maternity clothes? Not yet, yoga home pants work a treat. 
Sleep? Up to wee every night without fail. 
Best moment this week? Can't think of one. But it's great that I'm pregnant. 
Symptoms? Nausea, but lessening thankfully. 
Food cravings? I like food. A lot. I just eat constantly to get rid of the nausea
Food aversions? Those dishes. Thank goodness for a dishwasher! 
Gender? Not yet
Labor signs? No
Belly button in or out? In
What I miss? Sleeping through the night
What I'm looking forward to? Cuddles
Milestones? I'm still pregnant! 
Bump? It's coming! 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

8 Weeks Pregnant

How far along? 8 weeks pregnant
How big is the peanut? Raspberry 
Total weight gain/loss? Probably
Maternity clothes? Not yet, but how great are trackie pants. 
Sleep? Still terrible. Very light and waking to wee
Best moment this week? Seeing baby again, and it's grown!! 

Symptoms? Tired, nausea, oh and no more Zofran! Turns out it has lactose in it and was giving me a stomach ache so bad it wasn't worth staying on it. Once I stopped taking it the ache disapeared and toileting returned too- bonus!! 
Food cravings? Hummus and carrots and celery, 
Food aversions? I like food, I hate dirty dishes and dirty pans bleh! 
Gender? Not yet
Labor signs? Nope
Belly button in or out? In
What I miss? Sleep. And feeling not nauseated. 
What I'm looking forward to? Second trimester 
Milestones? Conquered 8 weeks! 
Bump? Bloated. 

7 Weeks Pregnant

How far along? 7 weeks 
How big is the peanut? A blueberry. How sweet :-) 
Total weight gain/loss? Dunno
Maternity clothes? No
Sleep? Terrible. 
Best moment this week? Getting out of bed every day is pretty good. 
Symptoms? Sick, tired, nausea for dayz! (Tmi) constipated, 
Food cravings? Trying to eat more protein, loving hummus and carrots. 
Food aversions? No food aversions, but the sight of dirty dishes makes me want to puke. 
Gender? Not yet
Labor signs? Not yet
Belly button in or out? In
What I miss? Feeling human
What I'm looking forward to? Feeling human again
Milestones? Still pregnant! What a win! 
Bump? Bloated 

6 Weeks Pregnant

We are gonna hit these weeks hard and fast to catch up to where I am up to now. 

And I'm not great at reading the blah blah before photos (self confession of a blog reader- blah blah before recipes bug me so much hahaha!!- don't hate me, blame the hormones) so I'm just going to put the photo and the pregnancy questions. 

(Get ready for a lot of daggy Kellie photos! I was sick and tired a lot) 

How far along? 6 weeks
How big is the peanut? Grain of rice 
Total weight gain/loss? 0, too sick
Maternity clothes? Nope
Sleep? When I wake I feel so sick, and I wake often to pee. Bad combo. 
Best moment this week? Having a scan and seeing a blob! With a heartbeat!
Symptoms? Sick, tired, bloated, grumpy, 
Food cravings? Nothing sounds good
Food aversions? Nothing
Gender? Not yet :-) 
Labor signs? Nope
Belly button in or out? In
What I miss? Sleep
What I'm looking forward to? Another scan. 
Milestones? 6 weeks done and dusted. 
Bump? Not yet, but feeling so bloated.